Hunger-Free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative

Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to eradicate hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Yes, it is a reachable goal. This Region produces and exports much more food than it consumes and it is also going through a sustained economic growth. This shows that the problem of hunger lies in its access to food and not its availability.

Why now?

The Gross Domestic Product of the region is growing at rates of between 3 and 4% annually, which makes it easier to fulfill the third goal of the first Millennium Development Goals, which is to reduce the percentage of people who suffer from hunger to half by the year 2015. The intention of this initiative is to support the success of the first MDG and take it further, completely eradicating hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Who support this Initiative?

All the countries of the region endorse the determination to eliminate hunger from their territories. Also, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) manifested their support during the meeting in Guatemala, November 27 and 28, 2006. Likewise, it is also support by a broad base of international organizations, and organizations from the civil society and the private sector.

Can I be part of the Initiative?

We can all contribute to eradicating hunger. In order to join this effort, register here, and you will be able to receive our monthly bulletin with the most relevant information of the undertaken actions. You can also write us by means of the contact form to give your opinion or recommendation.

How long will it last?

The conditions for sustained development and growth in the region allow calculating that within this generation hunger can be completely eradicated in the Region. In agreement with the follow-up data from the Millennium Development Goals, by 2015 many countries will have reduced hunger to half. This means that total eradication must be possible before 2025.

In what way is the goal of the Initiative different from the third goal of the first Millennium Development Goals?

The Millennium Goals, from 1990 to 2015, want to reduce to half the percentage of people that suffer from hunger (which in 1990-1992 was 20%). The goal of the Initiative is focused on children and it proposes to reduce the impact of chronic child malnutrition to under 2.5% in all the countries of the region by 2025.

The goal of the Initiative, therefore, expands the Millennium Goal and tackles an age which is crucial in the fight against hunger. Food is fundamental for the physical development and cognitive skills of children. If they receive adequate food, you give them the chance to better health, education and social and productive integration. On the contrary, the person will probably remain in the vicious circle of hunger and poverty he/she is surrounded by.